Category Archive: Cloud computing

Privacy in the Cloud is on the edge

Over the past two years, the US and UK governments have been aggressively moving to further undermine privacy protection for access to data in the Cloud. In the first of a two-part series, Simon Davies reports on a landmark US case being contested by Microsoft and a secret trans-Atlantic law enforcement access deal. In the …

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If you figure that privacy advocates are irrelevant, here’s why you should think again

By Simon Davies (This article appeared originally on the website of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in August 2016. In recent months, a small but tenacious army of privacy and consumer rights activists has been quietly ramping up for an assault on poor privacy and data protection practices by companies and governments. These …

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Google moves its privacy offering from Abysmal to Appalling as EU regulators force change

By Simon Davies You’ve probably seen numerous media reports on Google’s new privacy dashboard. In essence, this is a facility where Google consolidates all its spin about the need to collect more information on its customers. Users who can navigate the anti-privacy rhetoric on those pages have an opportunity to improve their privacy level from abysmal to …

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Why I decided to boycott Google’s sham ‘Right to be Forgotten’ road show

 By Simon Davies Earlier this week, in a futile moment of wild optimism, I emailed a prominent Google executive to ask if I could join an expert panel for the road show events that the company is currently rolling out across Europe to fuel dissent about a legal principle called the Right to be Forgotten …

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Google takes a dangerous stride from your head to your home

By Simon Davies Odds are that the next big swoon for tech journalists will be the Internet enabled smart home, whose clever interconnected devices could eventually outwit even the most street-smart homeowner. So when market leader Nest Labs this week announced that it was opening up its “conscious home” platform to developers, most media commentators …

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Audio interview: Europe’s new privacy supremo criticizes the US and commits to building EU harmonisation

By Simon Davies Europe’s new data protection and privacy supremo has lashed out at the Obama administration, accusing the US of failing to deliver meaningful safeguards in the wake of the Snowden revelations. In a wide-ranging audio interview with the Privacy Surgeon, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin – president of the French privacy watchdog CNIL and also the …

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If media are going to claim an insight into public opinion, they should do it correctly

By Simon Davies There are a few raised eyebrows over a poll published last week by the pop zine TechWeek Europe. The mag had apparently “forgotten” to include Google in its hit list of cloud providers that it had asked readers to rank in terms of how much trust the key brands attract. By way …

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UK privacy groups lodge ICO complaint on Google health data deal

 By Simon Davies Several British rights groups have co-authored a complaint to the UK Information Commissioner, alleging that the use of Google cloud services for the processing of health information has created a serious violation of data protection law. The complaint warns that the arrangements leave open the possibility that Google may be processing personal …

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Telegram becomes the New Cool of messaging as millions of users abandon WhatsApp over privacy concerns

 By Simon Davies In one of the most persuasive displays ever of the market power of consumer privacy, Facebook’s recent $19BN acquisition of the popular messaging app WhatsApp appears to have been given the thumbs-down by millions of users. While it may be too early to produce a conclusive analysis, there are solid indications that …

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Outrage builds as thousands of Google Glass eye-pieces become fused with the faces of users

By Simon Davies In a bizarre incident described by scientists as “Frankenstinian”, the faces of thousands of Google Glass users have been chemically fused with the controversial technology. The phenomenon took place just after midday EST Wednesday when Glass users in the US and Europe began reporting on Twitter that they were unable to remove …

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